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Turkish tea time

Though Turkish-style coffee is ubiquitous throughout the Balkans, tea reigns supreme in Istanbul. The tea is delivered to shopkeepers and passerby throughout the city in distinctive tulip-shaped glasses on special trays.

Tea and clean underwear...what more does one need?

It took a long time to get a decent photo of a tea carrier in action. These men speed walk through the city and dodge through crowds to deliver tea at the proper “freshly boiled” temperature.

In the Kadikoy district, life-and tea-goes at a slightly slower pace. I found this gentlemen taking a rare break after delivering his tray. That, or he was cleaning up after the alligator.

No sugar, please. It's bad for my teeth.


2 responses

  1. Erasfa

    Turks used be big on coffee but when Ataturk decided to break with all Ottoman traditions so he encouraged consumption of tea instead of coffee. Don’t know why TBH. However, Turks still drink coffee but not that often as we all assume.

    Did you try apple tea? 😀

    June 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm

  2. I did, and it was delicious. But I generally need a bigger jolt…drinking so much coffee in Belgrade has made me caffeine-dependent!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm

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